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Town works toward kitchen plan completion

Preliminary designs for the new Jonesborough Senior Center kitchen are edging closer to completion, possibly soon resolving one more detail that could slow the center’s opening.
“The design is still ongoing,” stressed Town Administrator Bob Browning of the new drawing submitted last week by C.W. Parker with Ken Ross Architects.
“It’s just a layout from above. It doesn’t reflect cabinetry that will be in place.”
But it does clearly show the removal of a proposed second door to better utilize the space, he said. And that, according to Eddie Phillips, who heads the Senior Center weekly progress meetings, is important in keeping things moving at the construction site.
“That, at least, lets (the contractor) know where they are at from the drywall perspective,” explained Phillips at the April 30 Senior Center construction progress meeting.
The design was presented to the town on April 29, and shows a center cabinet and countertop with a metal roll up door above to allow individuals in the kitchen to pass dishes through the opening and onto the counter. It also includes a triple bowl sink, two dishwashers, a double convection oven, two microwave ovens, a reach-in cooler, a hand sink, ice maker and bin, and stainless steel island.
The plan does not, as yet, include electrical and plumbing drainage details. “We really need to know where the range is going to be,” said Browning. Yet overall, town officials seem pleased with the preliminary plan.
“I know the kitchen is not as big as some would have liked,” Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe said. Kitchen size is 18 1/2 feet by 12 feet, or 222 square feet. “But it sure is a more realistic design and cost than the $1 million commercial kitchen we ended up with in the original center proposal. This layout will do nicely until there is a need to expand the center in the future.”
Browning agreed. “We’ve tried to think about how these things function,” he said. “Realistically, most food (events) are catered in or food is being brought in.”
With that in mind, he said, that’s how the kitchen is being designed.
The importance of the kitchen design has been underlined in the past two weeks as Rainey Contracting Inc. continues to move forward with drywall work for the building’s interior.
Eighty-five to 90 percent of the drywall is in upstairs, Phillips said on April 30, with the schedule for completion set for early May.
“They have done really well with the drywall,” Operations Manager Craig Ford added. “It looks really good.”
Ford expressed some frustration at the progress meeting, however, with the pace of the project. “We are still no closer to the installation of the fire line,” he said. The grease pit has not been done. And all the connector boxes are still at the site.
“We can’t finish grading with that stuff in the way and that stuff not being done,” he said.
Still, despite some delays, Phillips said that overall the Senior Center is moving forward.
“I know we have a lot of stuff to do,” he said. “But (the schedule) is still current and up to date at present.”
The next Senior Center construction progress meeting will be held Thursday, May 7, at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.